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There was a gust of certainty Monday, a rarity in one of the most uneasy seasons in Lakers history. Steve Nash clearly wants to return next season. "I want to come back for sure," he said Monday. Los Angeles Times

It's a longshot he'll even be back this season from recurring back soreness, but he's already looking to the future, where he's scheduled to earn $9.7 million in 2014-15 as the final part of a three-year, $28-million contract. The Lakers have until Sept. 1 to determine whether they want to waive Nash via the "stretch provision," in which his salary is spread out over the next three years. Or they can bring him back for one more season and try to play him while paying him. There's also a small chance Nash obtains a medical retirement from the NBA during the off-season, in which case the Lakers still have to pay him but his salary does not count toward the cap. Los Angeles Times

Nash reinjured his back in the Lakers' next game after Philadelphia. He played one more game after that but left at halftime and hasn't returned since then. He did some light shooting the last few days but ruled out practicing with the team this week. If he returned this season, he didn't mind being a backup, he said. Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar have split time at point guard in recent games. "I'm totally up for whatever they want to do," Nash said. Los Angeles Times

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In the second episode of The Finish Line, an exclusive Grantland series chronicling Steve Nash’s season, Nash battles his way back onto the court, celebrates his 40th birthday with a throwback performance against the 76ers, and faces the harsh reality that the Lakers may essentially end his career by exercising the stretch provision. Grantland

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Nash spent a good deal of energy, legal and financial, to guarantee his children would be raised in Los Angeles. He doesn’t want to move them again. When we talked that first night, he mentioned the “stretch provision,” a newish cap wrinkle that allows the Lakers to waive Nash’s final year, then “stretch” his $9.7 million cap number over as many as four years.6 It’s a fancy way for the Lakers, or any bumbling NBA team, to dilute the impact of a damaging contract. Nash believed the “stretch” buyout was a looming threat — if it happened, he’d probably retire unless the Clippers wanted him. Grantland

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The most meaningful number Nash has put up is 10, the number of games in which he's appeared. That officially erased the possibility of the Lakers' wiping his $9.7-million salary off their cap for next season if he had to retire for medical reasons. The Lakers still have an out of sorts. They can waive him via the NBA's so-called stretch provision by Sept. 1, allowing them to spread his salary over the next three seasons. But they might want to keep him so they can expunge his salary by the time premier free agents become available, such as Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016. Los Angeles Times

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